Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
November 18, 2015
Underscoring his reduced status in the tribe, when he got depressed, Abi told him to “get over it” and referred to him as a “Debbie Downer.” It’s a wake-up call when Abi says that you’re harshing everyone’s mellow.
Spencer barely got any air-time last week, which is unusual for this season, but since his best move is to shut up and go with the flow, maybe that's a good thing. His one contribution was observing to the group that everyone already knows not to trust Fishbach, which simmered everything down and shows he’s aligned with Jeremy for the moment.
We saw Wiglesworth get dragged along to a couple of strategy discussions last episode, first by Joe to talk with Kelley and then by Savage to talk with Tasha and Spencer. This seems to mean she is allied with Joe, and that she’s not much more than an available vote to anyone.
Keith’s eyes were wide open during the strategy discussion with Ciera after the reward challenge. I don’t think he’s learned much about this game, except possibly “shut up and listen.” He won "happy memories" points with everyone by taking them for a tuk-tuk ride, which is not as filthy as it sounds.
I keep waiting for something to happen with Kimmi. She has a kooky, unpredictable personality, and frankly I was hoping for more volatility from her - especially now that she is on the same tribe as Abi.
Through a lack of options, Kelley has an alliance with Ciera and Abi. Playing her idol last week won her a lot of in-game credibility, but that’s just another reason to vote her out – especially now that she doesn’t have an idol.
I seem to recall in Abi’s first season, she was extra brutal over the first six episodes, then went quiet and then suddenly became hilarious. It’s happening again, and I hope she gets in a few more pointed comments before her inevitable elimination.
On the bottom last week, we saw Ciera spend all her time “planting seeds.” She clears the air about her “playing the game comment,” explaining that Jeremy, Tasha, Fishbach and Savage do not have plans to break up, and they should start targeting them before they lose the numbers. She repeats this message at the jury, and makes some great cross-eyed expressions when players like Fishbach flat out deny there is a hierarchy.
What she fails to recognize (or more likely realizes, and is frustrated by) is that there are still a lot of players left, and there’s no driving reason to make a move until there are nine players left. It’s better for those people at the “bottom,” like Wiglesworth, Spencer, Kimmi, Keith and even Joe, to wait. The “play with me, I’m an available vote” strategy only works if the people you want to work with actually need your vote.
Plus, if those players make a move now, it will be Ciera’s move and Ciera will get the credit for the outcome. Players like Joe and Spencer don’t want to flip as part of “Ciera’s big move.” They want it to be “Joe’s big move” or “Spencer’s big move.” At this point, I'm not holding out a lot of hope for Ciera.
Next time on Survivor, everyone goes idol hunting and there is a challenge where Probst says “boo-ey” a lot.
Those are the power rankings for this week. Tune in for tonight’s episode and then come back later in the week for Jim’s recap.